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This entry: 25 March 2017 by Ross Barbour

Finally sprung Spring

The beginning of March had us in T-shirts but were back into winter woollies now, there’s been a cold wind on the Nursery over the last week and I must say I am getting a little fed up with it.

Things are certainly coming on very quickly in the Picton Garden and all the Narcissus are getting into their stride, Spring perennials are also making a move and I'm glad to say the cold wind hasn’t caused any problems, touch wood. Its so disheartening when you wait all year to see a plant do its thing and naughty old Jack Frost goes and beats you to it and spoils everything. That's gardening though.

Gardens are always a bit bare at this time of year but I love how I can almost see from one end to the other.

March is the perfect time to renovate yew. Always best cut back hard to old wood and remember to feed generously, watering in if its a dry spell. People forget that hedges need feeding as a matter of course anyway, every year your cutting it back and its producing new growth to compensate. Be kind to your hedges and feed them, they will look so much better for it.

Hepatica x media 'Ballardii' growing quite happily outside. Bred by Ernest Ballard, the founder of Old Court Nurseries.

Hepatica  x media 'Ballardii' Galanthus 'Cider With Rosie'

Last of the drops in the Picton Garden, Galanthus 'Cider With Rosie' from Colin Mason.

Crocus corsicus

Crocus corsicus doing well in pots. A beautiful Crocus from the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia.

Crocus chrysanthus 'Dorothy'

Cheep and easy is Dorothy, why wouldn't you?

As we slowly tidy the nursery of the usual junk that mysteriously accumulates, Helen puts some broken pots to good use, very artistic.

Corydalis solida 'Beth Evens'

I am loving C. solida this year, we dont have many and I really don't know why this gorgeous and quite easy plant has eluded me for so long.

Cardamine quinquefolia

Cardamine quinquefolia

This is a great wee woodlander, slowly building up a good sized clump it disappears for Summer letting something ealse take its place. I am discovering some other species but am treading quite carefully as some are a little boisterous.

Ficaria kochii, don't know too much about this plant apart from its a Lesser celandine. We have one or two or even 6 or so different forms of Lesser celandine around the garden. Their fun at this time of year and never a problem.

Ficaria kochii

Narcissus 'Mitzy'

Early to come out but hangs on and only improves with age, if you dont have this gorgeous wee smasher then you are missing out.

Narcissus 'Mitzy'

Ypsilandra thibetica

Slowly settling in, beautiful flowers that have now turned pink over the last couple of days.

Ypsilandra thibetica

Crocus 'Fantasy'

A tommy cross with 'Vangard'. Beautiful flowers that are very garden worthy.

Crocus 'Fantasy'

And finally I would like to tease you all with this. I bought it from Janis year before last and tried to grow it in a pot, I am rubbish at pot culture and it hated it, or me? But I have coveted this Tulip for many years and had to try and grow it just to see it. So after its first year of looking terrible in a pot I decided to plant it outside and look at it now. Fantastic, I check it every day and wait not so patiently for it to open...........

Tulipa regelii
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